Dr. Mike Gable
100 E 8th Street
MC Workshop 7
Youth in Mission
In the last decade there has been a large increase in the number of young people who have experienced mission trips. They types and destinations are many and varied. But how do we determine the quality of these trips… by how many roofs are patched or walls painted? We invite young people (high school and college) who have done or are hoping to do a mission trip to discuss how we define and ensure a successful mission trip. We will discuss the inherent dignity of the host community and the mutuality that visits offer. Students who experience a mission trip should return with MORE THAN the sentiment that “I’m so blessed and grateful I live in the U.S.” So many of our trips concentrate on what ‘we’ can do for ‘them’. We need some talk about their gifts to us. How these experiences can deepen our faith and broaden our understanding of church and mission.
Julie Lupien is the Director of From Mission to Mission, a national Catholic organization that serves as a resource for mission. She has facilated short-term mission experiences for youth, college students and adults while serving as a Campus Minister at Northern Illinois University and as a Pastoral Minister at Spirit of Peace Catholic Church in Longmont, Colorado. From Mission to Mission prepares missioners to serve cross-culturally and provides programs and resources to assist with their re-entry back to the U.S. Julie began her life in mission as a member of the Volunteer Missionary Movement where she served in Zimbabwe and St. Kitts. Julie has facilitated short-term mission experiences both domestically and internationally and written two resources for short-term mission – What About Short-Term Mission? and Remaining Faithful: How do I keep my experience alive?